Jan 172018
 

Hard to believe that such a simple idea 16 years ago, to have a gathering in Salem in the cold of winter that would warm the hearts of residents, friends, and local merchants, has blossomed into a major North Shore event. It is with a happy heart that Salem Main Streets, along with the Salem Chamber of Commerce, Destination Salem, and local businesses invite you to attend the 16th annual Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival, Feb. 9-11, 2018.

It is indeed a decadent tradition of delectable chocolate, sparkling ice sculptures, and Valentine’s Day shopping… you won’t want to miss Salem’s sweetest event of the year! It is a great date option!

The Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival officially kicks off with a Chocolate and Wine Tasting, on Friday, February 9th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, at Colonial Hall at Rockafellas, 231 Essex Street.

Did you know that:

  • Americans consume 8 billion pounds of chocolate each year, or over 11 pounds per person. (FranchiseHelp.com)
  • The United States drinks more wine than any other nation on earth. Americans consumed 329 million cases in 2013 (Impact Databank)

Our luscious tasting event features wine and chocolate samplings from premier Salem restaurants, stores, and sweet shops.  Music by local favorite Molly Pinto Madigan will set a sweet mood. This event is the highlight of the season and sells out quickly!

(Tickets are $30 a person and can now be purchased over the phone by calling 978-744-0004, online at www.salemsosweet.com, or in person at the Salem Chamber of Commerce, 265 Essex Street, Suite 101.)

Starting the morning of Saturday, February 10th, ice sculptures will begin appearing all around downtown Salem. It has become a tradition that some locals will run around the downtown district to be the first to post sculpture pictures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

Last year, we had a record-breaking 25 beautiful ice sculptures, including the Queen of Hearts, Cinderella’s Carriage, a goat named Bella, and more – including actual ice bars at Rockafellas’ and the Regatta Pub. Be sure to make pre-Valentine Day plans for a special evening stroll on Saturday, Feb. 10, when the sculptures will be illuminated by Retonica! More information about this year’s sculptures will be available online at www.salemsosweet.com as we get closer to the event.

The Salem Trolley will offer trolley rides around the festival route (weather permitting) on February 10 & 11 from 12 pm to 4 pm for only $2 an adult (free for children).

Many downtown businesses will offer chocolate samplings and sweet discounts all weekend in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Check to see who is participating in the “Golden Ticket” – make a full-price purchase at one participating downtown business and get 10% off your purchase at the next participating business!  Offer is good Feb. 10 and 11 only, some restrictions may apply. In addition, many of Salem’s finest restaurants and retailers will be offering their own luscious chocolate and love-inspired specials and events.

Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival is organized by Salem Main Streets and the Salem Chamber of Commerce, and supported by Creative Salem, Destination Salem, Retonica, Scarlet Letter Press, and Rockafellas. Visit our website for more events and details as they become available – www.salemsosweet.com – or follow our Facebook page for all the latest updates – https://www.facebook.com/salemsosweet.

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Jan 022018
 

Mark Your Spot

Windows in Salem Ma are more than things to look through. During the December (and into January) holiday season they are canvases to look upon! For our annual Holiday Window Contest over 30 Downtown District merchants decorated their windows with scenes of the season. Creativity abounded. And our judges, as always, had a difficult time in narrowing the list down

Some award categories highlight good retail design – use of store products or display of a business’ services, use of lighting – or types of design, like painted windows. Again, this year, the Contest Legacy award is given to businesses who have demonstrated high quality windows across consecutive years, while the Contest Newcomer recognizes businesses with high quality displays who have not previously or regularly participated in the contest.

“We had some truly fantastic windows this year, as always,” said Kylie Sullivan, Salem Main Streets Executive Director. “We give the judges the freedom to create new award categories based on what they see each particular year – but even then, we ended up with more awards and more ties than ever!”

Best Overall: Mark Your Spot
Honorable Mention – Emporium 32 and The Happy Sunflower

Contest Legacy (demonstrating high quality year after year): The Coven’s Cottage and Pamplemousse

Contest Newcomer: Moody Interiors
Honorable Mention – Witch City Wicks and Waite & Peirce

Best Use of Product: Boston Woodturning
Honorable Mention – Partridge in a Bear Tree and Waters & Brown

Best Showcase of Service: Witch Pix and LightShed Photography

Best Use of Lighting: Mark Your Spot
Honorable Mention – Peabody Essex Museum Shop

Best Painted Windows: Brothers Taverna and Life Alive
Honorable Mention – SATV

Emporium 32

The Happy Sunflower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salem Main Streets congratulates the Holiday Window Contest winners, as well as every downtown merchant that was able to participate in this fun event.

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Dec 302017
 

The family-friendly count down to the New Year, known as LAUNCH! is gearing up for a great party in Salem, this Sunday, Dec. 31 from 4 pm to 6 pm at Old Town Hall on Derby Square.

Programming will include hat making, face painting, a photo booth, and more!  There will be an early countdown just before 6 pm. Ring in the New Year with family members that can’t or don’t want to stay up ‘til midnight

“When we organized LAUNCH! for the first time a few years ago, it was immediately clear that there was a strong community desire to come together on New Year’s Eve,” states Kylie Sullivan, Salem Main Streets’ Executive Director. “Plus, there’s still plenty of time after our early countdown to get to your own party, or catch one of the many other great events happening all over town on New Year’s Eve!”

New Year’s Eve Stats

History.com and Column Five put together a very interesting “New Year’s by the numbers” Infographic from which we pulled these figures.

  • Each New Year’s Eve, one million people gather in NYC Times Square to watch the famous ball drop.
  • Closed to one billion people around the word watch the festivities on TV.
  • And 22% of adults admit they fall asleep before midnight!

No falling asleep at our New Year’s alternative event, which is in its 5th year and produced again by Salem Main Streets and the City of Salem.

This event is free to all and family-friendly, with a $5 suggested donation to help support Salem Main Streets’ “Holiday Happenings” initiatives, including Santa’s Arrival at the Hawthorne, the Tree Lighting, and the wreaths and ribbons around the downtown district. LAUNCH! is also made possible thanks to our Salem Main Streets volunteers and the continued involvement of our partners at Creative Salem and the Phoenix School.

So, bring friends, co-workers and bring the kids to say goodbye to 2017 and hello 2018, this Sunday at Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Sq. in Salem.

 

 

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Dec 032017
 

No more compelling reason to come to Salem Ma in December than the opportunity to dine in any of 17 restaurants offering special prices during  Salem Fall Restaurant Week, Dec. 3-7.

From steak to seafood, American to ethnic, there will be something for everyone as Salem offers not just numerous restaurants but different ethnic and styles of food. All within walking distance of each other. It’s been said you could eat at a different location each night and discover new tasty delights each night.

This Salem Chamber of Commerce project encourages participating Salem restaurants to offer specially priced menus for Salem Fall Restaurant Week during a 5-day span. It is hoped this enticement will encourage not only Salem residents but visitors from along the North Shore to sample the dynamic dining options our creative chefs create.

Participating Restaurants

List is correct as of posting time, but subject to change.

Adriatic Restaurant and Bar click here for menu
155 Washington Street, Salem, MA – (978) 594-1832
Click here to make a reservation.
Offering 3 courses for $30

A warm interior and excellent cuisine– a winning combination that defines the Adriatic Restaurant & Bar. The brick oven pizzas are always a hit, and imaginative libations make customers come back time and again. Excellent market-fresh fish dishes inspired by regions surrounding the Adriatic Sea give this Mediterranean eatery something to boast about. A lengthy wine list featuring imported varietals and blends bring every meal’s flavors to fore and make patrons hunger for more.

Aurora Restaurant Vietnamese Cuisine & Wine Bar
140 Washington Street, Salem, MA – (617) 510-6116
Click here to make a reservation.

Offering the best Vietnamese cuisine around, Aurora believes in featuring regional Asian dishes with fresh, high-quality vegetables, meats, traditional spices, and herbs and is renowned for their seafood phos. If you are looking for healthy dishes and authentic Vietnamese fare, Aurora Restaurant and Wine Bar is the place to go. Great for lunch or dinner, or simply enjoy their wine bar and sample authentic appetizers with your friends.

Bella Verona – click here for menu
107 Essex Street, Salem, MA – (978) 825-9911
Offering 3 courses for $30

Chef-owner Giorgio Manzana hails from Lake Garda, Italy in the Provence of Verona and has a hotel-restaurant background that goes back over 35 years. Bella Verona enjoys catering to their clients, creating new dishes and continuing the simple good and authentic home-style cooking of Manzana’s region as well as other parts of Italy. As an Italian restaurant in the heart of Salem, they will bring you back to Verona, the home of Romeo and Juliet, to lose yourselves in the atmosphere and excellent food. In keeping to their traditional roots, they offer creative options with homemade pastas, and great daily specials.

BonChon click here for menu
299 Essex Street, Salem, MA – (978) 594-8256
Offering 3 courses for $20

“Bonchon” means “my hometown” in Korean. True to their original roots, Bonchon Downtown Salem is a family friendly establishment, offering an affordable casual dining experience along with lively atmosphere.  Enjoy the flavorful chicken wings that are their signature dish and then wash that down with a local Notch brew.

Finz Seafood & Grill click here for menu
76 Wharf Street, Salem, MA – (978) 744-0000
Click here to make a reservation.
Offering 3 courses for $30

Innovative and inspired menus, fresh raw bar, and a carefully chosen wine list all lead to an extraordinary dining experience at Finz. Their menu emphasizes creatively prepared fresh seasonal seafood. Raw bar offers the freshest local oysters, clams, chilled lobster, colossal crab and jumbo shrimp. With indoor and outdoor waterfront dining, Finz is a great place to relax and enjoy outstanding food and drinks. Zagat’s rated Finz Seafood & Grill one of the Top 10 Waterfront restaurants in New England.

Ledger Restaurant – click here for menu
125 Washington Street Salem, MA – (978) 594-1908
Click here to make reservations on Open Table.
Offering 3 courses for $30

Ledger, located in the former Salem Savings Bank building (circa 1818), opened just this year by chef-owner Matt O’Neil and is already being touted by Zagat as one of the six sexiest new restaurants in Boston! Ledger is known for its progressive New England concept of traditional 19th-century dishes, cocktails, and techniques that are elevated with 21st-century resources. This is high-style cuisine, whether it’s the artful plating of each colorful dish or the creative take on wood-fired dishes, house-made charcuterie, and raw bar items.

Longboards Restaurant & Bar – click here for menu
72 Wharf St, Salem, MA – (978) 745-6659
Offering 3 courses for $20 and 3 courses for $30 (lunch or dinner)

Located on Pickering Wharf, Longboards Restaurant & Bar serves up award-winning sandwiches, lobster rolls and their new signature flatbreads, all with the promise that you won’t leave hungry. Longboards is your staple neighborhood bar with a full bar and a great list of local beers – check them out during your favorite game, or come grab a drink and dinner with some friends!

Nat’s at the Hawthorne Hotelclick here for menu
18 Washington Street, Salem, MA – (978) 825-4300
Click here to make reservations on Yelp.
Offering 3 courses for $30

For an unforgettable fine dining experience in Salem, enjoy the ambiance, warmth and hospitality of award-winning seasonal cuisine from Nathaniel’s restaurant. The menu features contemporary dining in a historic setting, while offering a carefully crafted wine menu and scrumptious desserts that will complete any night out or special occasion.

Opus  – click here for menu
87 Washington Street, Salem, MA – (978) 744-9600
Offering 2 courses for $20

With what can only be described as a maverick kitchen, Opus’ cuisine boasts unexpected flavor combinations that simply taste amazing. The restaurant’s dynamic sushi team draws on both east and western influences to create sushi rolls that are truly unique. The upstairs dining room is centered around an oversized, glowing glass bar where guests can meet for a drink or enjoy a three-course meal. Downstairs, in Opus Underground, guests can enjoy nightly entertainment in a Moroccan-inspired space filled with cozy seating and thought-out details. Opus is a go-to destination for live music, dinner, and cocktails seven days a week.

Regatta Pub at the Waterfront Hotel – click here for menu
225 Derby Street, Salem, MA –  (978) 740-8788
Offering 2 courses for $20; or 3 courses for $30

The Regatta offers casual dining with flair. Try their signature “Regatta Blue” martini with your favorite burger or fresh seafood with a glass of chilled wine. The Regatta Pub offers an eclectic choice of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and entrees in a relaxed and nautical inspired atmosphere, or chose to dine outside on their patio, weather permitting.

Rockafellas
231 Essex Street, Salem, MA – (978) 745-2411

Rockafellas established a new tradition in dining in the center of historic Salem in 2003. As the most delicious occupant of the renowned Daniel Low Building, Rockafellas restaurant follows several other institutions of reputation including a department store, a bank (the vault now stores wines) and one of the first churches in America. Their menu features fresh seafood and Black Angus steaks and offers everything from burgers and salads and tapas to gourmet presentations. The wait staff assures a relaxed atmosphere where everyone feels at home.

Salem Beer Works – click here for menu
278 Derby Street, Salem, MA – (978) 745-2337
Offering 2 courses for $20

Located in Historic Downtown Salem since 1996, Salem Beer Works has something for everyone. With 15 freshly brewed beers on tap each day, guests enjoy the seasonal patio (weather permitting) and proximity to the Salem waterfront.   Whether you’re visiting from out of town, or live in the area, Salem Beer Works is the place to go for good food, good beer and good times.

Sea Level Oyster Bar – click here for menu
94 Wharf Street, Salem, MA – (978) 741-0555
Click here to make reservations on Yelp.
Offering 3 courses for $30

Located on Pickering Wharf, Sea Level Oyster Bar boasts two floors of fun while offering comfortable dining and great waterfront views. Sea Level also features a sit down raw bar packed with the freshest shellfish around. With an extensive beer list and creative cocktails that will quench your thirst while the kitchen cooks up fabulous seafood, gourmet pizzas and more, you are guaranteed to leave satisfied! Don’t forget to try their scrumptious desserts stamped in approval.

Smokin’ Betty’s BBQ + Bar – click here for menu
94 Lafayette St. Salem, MA – (978) 594-1132
Offering 2 courses for $20

Owner and restaurateur Steve Feldmann and chef Todd Bekesha have brought good ‘ol southern food to Salem’s thriving restaurant scene. Smokin’ Betty’s BBQ + Bar opened just this year in what was known as the Klondike Club and is already recognized for its fun, rockabilly-roadhouse vibe with colorful murals, communal tables where you can get to know the locals, and a circa-1950s bowling-shuffleboard lane. Choose from plenty of Southern-inspired eats, craft beers and tasty ‘cue accompanied by a half-dozen regional sauces, ranging from mayo-based Alabama style to mustard-and-vinegar South Carolina sauce!

Thai Place – click here for menu
Museum Place Mall, Salem, MA – (978) 741-8008
Offering 2 courses for $20, or 3 courses for $30

Thai Place Restaurant has been open since 1990. Being the first Thai Restaurant in the North Shore area of Massachusetts, they are proud to be one of the first establishments to present the unique taste, culture and sincerity of Thailand. Thai Place’s dedication to prepare the finest Thai food comes with experience, care for their customers and careful selection of the freshest ingredients.

Turner’s Seafood at Lyceum Hall  – click here for menu
43 Church Street, Salem, MA – (978) 745-7665
Click here to make reservations on Open Table.
Offering 2 courses for $20, or 3 courses for $30

Turner’s Seafood at Lyceum Hall is an authentic New England seafood house in an iconic 1843 building with noted cultural history, complementing their family’s seafood heritage spanning four generations. This is where they prepare the catch-of-the-day becoming classic appetizers, entrees and creative daily specials. Turner’s shucks and serves the finest local and regional oysters & clams in their classic raw bar. And, their seafood market, Salem’s only, offers fresh, raw and prepared seafood to enjoy at home. It’s important to get to the docks early as good fish go fast but, the best go to Turner’s… then to you…. “dock to table” … same day!

Victoria Station & Vic’s Boathouse
86 Wharf Street, Salem, MA – (978) 745-3400
Overlooking Salem harbor, Victorian Station has established itself as a destination for friends and family for decades and is committed to providing lasting memories for generations to come. Offering a wide variety of fine American cuisine from succulent steaks to the freshest seafood and one of the last remaining “All you can eat” salad bars, there is something for every member of the culinary community.

There you have it. Two and three course special meals. Motivation to checkout a place you’ve driven or walked by. And no October-like crowds. Great time to sample Salem. You have to eat anyway, right? Reservations recommended and please mention Salem Fall Restaurant Week. Table for two, please.

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Dec 012017
 

How much do you plan to spend on holiday gifts in 2017? The average for shoppers around the USA is approx. $983 according to the American Research Group, Inc which has been polling people every year since 1985. Nearly $1000 for the kids, spouse, family and friends. And if Black Friday, Small Biz Saturday and Cyber Monday didn’t empty your wallet or fill all the stockings, then consider Festive Fridays in Salem.

Festive Fridays is an effort to make shopping work a little better on your schedule as many of our stores will be staying open later on Friday nights. No need to rush to crowded malls. No need to fight for a parking space that will leave you with a 5 minute+ walk from the parking lot to the building.

And where else but in Salem can you find an eclectic array of stores and eateries from which to purchase products, services or just plain gift cards?

Salem Main Streets is encouraging downtown retailers to stay open late every Friday this December leading up to Christmas to help you with your holiday shopping! Each week, we’ll post a list of businesses that have committed to staying open until at least 8 pm, as well as any great deals or special treats that you can look forward to.

Take a #selfiewithashopkeeper and you could win free parking via the Passport parking app!

This week’s participating businesses include:
– The Artists’ Row – Salem, MA tenants – Grace & Diggs, Hervor Soaps, Ceramics by Sibel, Boston Woodturning, ZBY Gallery, and The Lobster Shanty
A Sacred Place Wellness Center
Coon’s Card & Gift Shop
– The Coven’s Cottage
– FreakyElegant
The Happy Sunflower
Laura Lanes Skin Care
Mark Your Spot Salem
Modern Millie Vintage & Consignments
Moody Interiors
Ocean Chic Boutique & Waterbar
Partridge in a Bear Tree Salem
RJ Coins and Jewelry
Salemdipity
Trolley Depot
Wicked Good Books
Witch City Wicks
Witch Pix
Ye Olde Pepper Companie

We will update with more as participants are confirmed! We will also keep a light on for you!

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